A photo of a Santa Statue used as the cover photo for information about Santa Claus visits in Kawaguchi in 2021

Santa Claus will be visiting Kawaguchi City a few times in the lead up to Christmas. There are different types of events. For example, there are events where you can see Santa, ones where you can meet him and ones where you can get a photo with him. Even one where you can get a photo in a studio:

Santa Claus at Studio Coffret

I’d love to see more Santa events like this one. This Santa Claus will give your a child a present, but you need to prepare it yourself and hand it into the studio in advance. However, you need to apply by December 10th to participate. Families will be chosen by lottery after the 10th. Those lucky families will receive an email from the studio with further instructions.

Event: Let’s meet Santa in a studio! スタジオコフレでサンタさんに会おう!

Date: Christmas Day, Monday December 25th 2023

Times: between 10 am and 5 pm

Cost: there is no charge, this is a free event

Venue: Studio Coffret, 5 Chome-1-23 Angyodewa, Kawaguchi, Saitama 334-0052. View on Google Maps.

Official website

Get a photo with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Miel Kawaguchi on Saturday December 23rd. There are two ways you can meet him on the day. The first, and bound to be the most popular, is a photo op. You can get a photo with Santa Claus at either 11 am, 2 pm or 3.30 pm at the center court in front of Honey’s. However, you need to have purchased more than 3000 yen of shopping in the center that day and have the receipts to prove it and he will only meet 30 families each time. Therefore only the first 90 families (that meet the conditions) in line will get to meet him. The other way is by greeting him as he walks around the shopping mall at 12 noon and 4 pm.

Event: Santa Claus is coming to Miel Kawaguchi! ミエルかわぐちに、サンタがやってくる!

Date: Saturday December 23rd 2023

Time: 11 am to 4.30 pm

Cost: one free event and one that you have to have 3000 yen worth of shopping to qualify

Venue: Miel Kawaguchi,  2 Chome-7-25 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012. View on Google Maps.

Official event page.

Santa Ario Kawaguchi

Santa Claus will be visiting the Ario in Kawaguchi on Christmas eve, December 24th 2023. You can get your photo taken with him. However, you need to get a ticket to participate. They will start distributing tickets at 10 am at the center gate. He will only see a total of 150 families. You can only receive one ticket per family, first come first served. They will give you a ticket with a time on it. Santa Claus will be available at three different times: ①11.00 am ② 1.00 pm and ③ 3.00 pm. This event is strictly restricted to 50 families each time.

Image from the official site

Event: Santa Claus Photo Session サンタクロース撮影会

Date: Sunday December 24th 2023

Time: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

Cost: free and currently no stipulations specified

Venue: 1F Center Court, Ario Kawaguchi, 1-79 Namiki Motomachi, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0033. View on Google maps

Official event web page.

Santa at Lala Garden

This is just an event where you can see Santa Claus… and see him playing sports! On December 23rd Santa Claus will be playing soccer and on the 24th he will wrestle famous wrestlers! This event is exclusive to Mitsui Shopping Kids Club members. More information on the official site.

Last year, and annually before the pandemic, Santa Claus visited the Aeon Mall in Kawaguchi in one form or another (not always a meet and greet). But at this moment in time he is not scheduled to visit in 2023. Before the pandemic he usually visited Kawaguchi Green Center too, but he has not been there in the last four years. He will be visiting the Hau’oli Market early in December though.


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